According to the Kansas Department of Transportation, nearly 20 percent of all crashes in Kansas in 2017 were deer-related.
State Representative Joe Seiwert knows firsthand about deer crashes.
"In all our family, we've calculated over 20 accidents over the years," Seiwert said.
That and losing one of his friends in a motorcycle-deer crash pushed Seiwert to run for State Representative to try to create laws to save lives.
"We introduced more legislation to get more hunting days, more permits; we used to have transferable permits for farmers," Seiwert said. "It's not just about the buck; it's about controlling the deer management population to make our highways safe.”
Collision shops in Wichita and surrounding areas are seeing that increase, too.
Ken Hunnel at All Angles Collision Repair said his shops see several cars a week that come in with damages from deer.
"We have four locations, and each of those locations has two or three deer impacts," Hunnel said. "We have about 12 or more at any given time. Some of those [are] repairable, some of those not."